Monday, January 11, 2010

Fever Ray: Fever Ray (4.5/5)

Joshua's Non-Metal Picks for 2009
#8 of 10

Year: 2009
Genre: Dark Atmospheric Electro Ambience
Label: Mute
TRT: 48:09

The debut from the female half of The Knife brings a much darker, contemplative feel to the sound she created with her brother.

My initial impression of this release was "The Knife lite", but after multiple listens the atmosphere finally enveloped me, and changed my thinking. This is very much a mood piece, and likely will not immediately grab your attention either.

The most striking element of this project for me is the lyrics. Karin Dreijer Andersson really bares her soul here, and we get an intimate look into her life with tracks such as "Seven" and "Keep the Streets Empty For Me". Those tracks are especially touching, but the entire album has a very contemplative and morose atmosphere.

The music is not as actively catchy or attention grabbing as many tracks from The Knife, but they're very layered and once you sink your teeth into them, they'll stick in your mind all the same.

EDIT: apparently blogspot received a complaint about the download link, so it has been removed. sorry for any inconveniance.

01 If I Had a Heart
02 When I Grow Up
03 Dry and Dusty
04 Seven
05 Triangle Walk
06 Concrete Walls
07 Now's the Only Time I Know
08 I'm Not Done
09 Keep the Streets Empty for Me
10 Coconut

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